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  • Writer's pictureBrett Hodgdon, PE

5 Things You Should Do At Your Home To Prepare For Fall

Fall is just around the corner, which means cooler temperatures, falling leaves and a time to prepare your home for the new season. Here are a handful of tips to get weather ready.

1. Clean your gutters

All those beautiful, falling leaves can sometimes land in places they shouldn't - like your gutters. Make sure they're all working properly, cleaned up and ready to go once fall really kicks into gear.

2. Bring your outdoor furniture inside

While many outdoor pieces can withstand some light outdoor rain showers or even frosts, most is not made to withstand the harsh temperatures sometimes on display in West Virginia during this time. Or, you can always invest in some furniture coverings if you'd rather keep the pieces in place.

3. Change your filters

This is good advice any time of year, but you'll especially want to make sure your heating is working as efficiently as possible when those temperatures start to drop.

4. Change your batteries

The CDC recommends changing the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year and changing the batteries in carbon monoxide detectors twice per year. You can never be too safe!

5. Charge your equipment

You don't want to find out something is broken or not charged when you really need it. Think: snowblower, backup generator, etc.

What else would you add to this list?

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